..... By the way Dave, a few poster's on KR's board have made statements that as soon as Melanie's appeal is "won," (they have a great deal of confidence in this for whatever reason,) she will be immediately reunited with Bill's children, as though she never killed their father. Can you speak to this issue at all? Once Melanie was convicted of murdering her husband in April of 2007, and he was the father of their 2 children, and she is sentenced to what amounts to life in prison, does she get to keep parental rights on some level until her 20 years worth of appeals run out? I understand from John Glatt's book that Bill McGuire's family has been raising his children in a nurturing environment for about 4 years now. In a case such as this, which once commanded a high profile attorney and Court TV's attention, are there special rules which allow the convicted murderer to maintain parental rights indefinitely? (I've kept track and I have not seen any court decision on this matter, which I thought would have been an easy one.)
mentioned you had studied family law and I assume that is now your legal area of expertise, I have wondered about "lifers" in NJ and parental
rights, and if the appeals process or the fact that the person was convicted of killing the children's father, played any part in a
permanent child custody decision. Thanks for listening to all this..... PS: If the murderer's parents are still being looked at as
accomplices, are they eligible for any sort of visitation and/or guardianship?
Once again, thanks for any insights on this topic!